Jewelry Industry Wins Some Battles in War on Crime

The year 2009 had good news and bad news for the U.S. jewelry industry's security. The good news: Total dollar losses from crimes against U.S. jewelry firms shrank, attacks on traveling jewelry salespeople and on-the-road robbery losses fell sharply, and arrests of people suspected of jewelry industry crimes rose almost 23 percent. The bad news: Total crimes increased 3.5 percent, and on-premises robberies—mostly of retail jewelers—rose 14.2 percent, with dollar losses up 27.1 percent. In addition, there was a sharp rise in break-ins through roofs and successful attacks on safes. Last year also saw an upsurge in near-fatal shootings of jewelers, customers, and robbers during robberies. These facts come from the recently released "2009 Annual Crime Report" of Jewelers' Security Alliance, available on JSA's Web site at "Progress in redu

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